Not So Much Potty-Trained
Friday, 21 January 2011

Wednesday morning Cora and I went to the grocery store, taking a quick potty break before heading out. After arriving home, I was putting groceries away when I heard from the downstairs bathroom, “Mommy, come look at this.”

I ran in, and Cora had not quite made it onto the potty. I reassured her, got her cleaned up, and we went on with our day.

Two hours later, we were playing tag at open gym. I turned to run away, heard, “MOMMY!” and turned back to see a puddle forming under Cora’s feet, her leotard darkening as the gym floor got soaked. I carried her to the bathroom, cleaned her up and dressed her in her warm-up suit, and took her home, thinking, “Maybe we called this potty-training too soon.”

Sixteen hours later, I was sleeping soundly at 3 a.m. when I heard, “MOMMY!” and sobbing. I ran to Cora’s room and – you guessed it – her bed was soaking wet. Now, Cora has not peed during the night for over a year – she’d awakened with a dry diaper for a long time before giving them up. “I didn’t even know I had to go,” she said miserably as I washed her legs. “I know, baby, but we’ll need to put a pull-up on you now, ok?” I said gently. Cora nodded, miserable, and said, “But I hope I get back to big-girl underpants soon!”

Brian held Cora and rocked her while I changed the sheets, and she kept saying, “Daddy, I am so sorry! I’m so sorry!” And at that point, I knew something was wrong.

We avoided any accidents on Thursday, but only because I left her in a pull-up and the humiliation caused her to work extra hard – that, and because I put her on the toilet every hour. But by Thursday afternoon, it was official: Cora’s got a urinary tract infection.

This is especially frustrating because she’s been on antibiotics for almost a week for an ear infections. How can she possibly get a UTI with antibiotics running through her? But she does, and she’s miserable, and I feel miserable for her. She’s so embarrassed she can’t hold it, and she’s in pain, and the doctor can’t change the antibiotic until after we get the definitive test results back, which means it may get worse before it gets better.

Cora knows she has to wear pull-ups until it gets better – and understands it’s not anything she’s done wrong. Still, it’s hard for her. I caught her yesterday peeking into her panty drawer and whispering, “I’ll see you soon, big-girl panties.”

My poor girl.

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